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Our Free Book on Texas Parole

While the book we sell, How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, is the bestselling one on Amazon and our website, this article is just to remind people we also have a free one available as well. Understanding the Texas Parole Process is a book written by our expert to assist people in understanding how the Texas parole system works. While it doesn't address the specifics of preparing a parole packet, it does provide a lot of information on the factors that go into getting a parole approved as wellRead More


2016 Edition of How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet Now Available

Just this brief announcement to let our readers know that the 2016 Edition of How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet ebook and bundle (containing both the ebook and a printed book) are available now in our store and on Amazon. If you have ordered the book in the last month or so you received the latest edition automatically but we will be sending emails out with links to those of you who have purchased lately and allowing you to download the latest edition at no extra charge. The newRead More


What Happens at the Parole Eligibility Date?

What happens on an inmate’s parole eligibility date?  Basically nothing.  The parole eligibility dates is not the date the parole board will decide whether or not to grant parole, it means the inmate can be released at any time after that date.   Every inmate, except those serving life without parole or sentenced to death, is issued a parole eligibility date upon arrival and/or after their last parole denial.  This date can be revised by Texas Department of Criminal Justice depending upon the amount of “good time” earned or lostRead More


Writing a Texas Parole Packet

Writing a Texas parole packet can be overwhelming since it is something we do not do all the time.  However, with a little planning you can create a successful parole package for your loved one. Last year the Texas Department of Criminal Justice reported that 96,326 inmates were considered for parole and only 28,011 were approved.  That is a denial rate of 70.6%  with some board members denying up to 73.5% of parole requests.  Of the 28,011 approved paroles only 10,409 were allowed to be release when eligible, the others wereRead More


Texas Parole Terminology – Set Off Date

Anyone looking at the terminology used by the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole needs to understand that the terms don’t always mean what they appear to mean. We will discuss this more in future posts. When an inmate is eligible for parole in Texas, the voting members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole have many options on how they can vote. Two of the choices, if the voting members vote to deny parole for an offender, are that the offender will be assigned either a a “serveRead More


How a Parole Package Helps

With frequency, Texas Parole Now gets asked “How does a parole package help someone make parole?”   When it comes to the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole a parole package can provide the voting members background information about the offender. Obtaining the necessary documents to compile a good parole package can takes several months. A parole package provides information such as inmates background, education, accomplishments, risk assessment, post-parole plans, and continued rehabilitative programs upon release.  The parole packet offers a picture of the potential parolee showing them as aRead More


Why Submit A Parole Packet?

Parole Packets are a means by which the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole receive information about an inmate's rehabilitation, participation in educational classes, and character which are used to determine an offender's parole vote. A parole package is not necessary for an inmate to make parole.  The voting members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole do not require anyone to do anything.  However the voting members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole receive hundreds of files each month for review for parole and mandatory supervision.  A paroleRead More


Getting Your GED While Incarcerated

Windham School District (WSD) provides a GED preparation program for inmates seeking to obtain their GED while incarcerated and is available for any qualified inmate in a Texas county or state jail or prison at no charge. When inmates enter TDCJ they are tested to determine their academic level.  Inmates are then placed in educational program based on their Individualized Treatment Plan, which outlines education services for the offender.    Inmates are taught the skills needed to prepare for the GED test.  Classes are typically three hours a day andRead More


The Most Important Part of a Texas Parole Package

The title to this article may be just a little misleading because every part of a parole packet, especially when done using the system we describe in our book How to Prepare a Texas Parole Packet, is important. That's due to the fact that the system is set up to cover all areas and appeal to whatever the specific voting members of the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole think are important. However, there is one part of the packet that we see people messing up on very, very oftenRead More


Can You Get a Court Appointed Lawyer for Texas Parole?

Unfortunately in Texas, parole is (mistakenly in my opinion) considered a privielege, not a right. What this means is that many of the safeguards that are present in the criminal justice system, both before trial and on appeal, no longer exist when it is time to apply for parole. The right to have the state appoint a lawyer for someone that can't afford one is not present in a Texas parole application. There are a number of great Texas parole attorneys available (and some not so good) but all of them are forRead More